ERIC Number: ED441959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Learning and Skills: Opportunities or Threats for Disabled Learners? FEDA Responds.
Mace, Jackie, Ed.
Challenges will be created by proposed changes to post-school education and training for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Two important bills have been proposed. The Learning and Skills Bill (LSB) changes the whole architecture of the post-school education and training sector. LSB sets up the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) responsible for planning and funding all post-16 education and training; signals a strong emphasis on and commitment to equality of opportunity; allows LSC to secure provision of boarding accommodation; clearly differentiates between provision for youth aged 16-19 and adults over 19; and introduces a requirement for compulsory assessment of pupils with statements of special educational needs. The new Youth Support Service will be responsible for the implementation of these assessment duties. New powers to secure a wider range of learning could address a major barrier to access for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities. A key question is how the LSC will provide funding. The Disability in Education Bill (DEB) enshrines, for the first time, disability rights in education within legislation. It would make it unlawful to discriminate against a disabled person by failing to make a reasonable adjustment or to treat him or her less favorably. DEB provides a further opportunity to overcome some of the most intransigent barriers to access learning. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Developed Nations, Educational Discrimination, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities, Learning Problems, Postsecondary Education, Special Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)